Grateful Dead Live at Civic Center on 1973-03-28
d1t01 - Cumberland Blues
d1t02 - Here Comes Sunshine
d1t03 - Mexicali Blues
d1t04 - Wave That Flag
d1t05 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t06 - Loser
d1t07 - Jack Straw
d1t08 - Box Of Rain
d1t09 - They Love Each Other
d1t10 - El Paso
d1t11 - Row Jimmy
d1t12 - Around And Around
d1t13 - Brown Eyed Women
d2t01 - You Ain't Woman Enough
d2t02 - Looks Like Rain
d2t03 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t04 - I Know You Rider
d2t05 - The Promised Land
d2t06 - Loose Lucy
d2t07 - Me And My Uncle
d2t08 - Don't Ease Me In
d2t09 - The Race Is On
d2t10 - Stella Blue
d2t11 - Big River
d2t12 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
d3t01 - Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
d3t02 - Dark Star ->
d3t03 - Eyes Of The World ->
d3t04 - Playing In The Band
d3t05 - Johnny B. Goode
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Civic CenterLocation Springfield, MASource Beyer Mics -> Cassette MasterLineage Cassette Master -> Apogee MiniMe -> Samplitude Professional 8.01 -> FLAC/24Taped by Tim BackstromTransferred by Charlie Miller
May 29, 2015
"upon futhrtur rflexion this is kine da okay"
Cumberland Blues to open the first set. And it's a good version, not perfect, but thats not unexpected. Knockout blow follows immediately: Here Comes Sunshine, with some unique warts. Then it's a long, great sequence of awesome versions of shorter songs.
Followed by Row Jimmy. This is one of my favorite songs mainly because of the infinitely weird instrumental "interludes" where each member of the band intuitively feels the melancholy melody and groove, they never kick the door in, instead it's ineffable or sublime. The second instrumental interlude in this version is exceptional.
And then ... a Chuck Berry barn burner (still hours to go before the concert is over, folks), a couple deep country excursions laid down with infinite soul and tenderness ...
Garcia's guitar during the last verse of Looks Like Rain ("I only want to know ... etc:) sunds like he's hearing the song for the first time. Or he's heard it so many times it's time for parody.
The awful "downward jam" between Chine Cat and Rider is trip-flattening. Blah. One of the worst musical ideas the Dead ever had.
Second set rolls along as the first set did (meanwhile a fair portiom of the originally attended audience has surely changed seats or abandoned them entirely).
Stella Blue shatters. All your best friends have long since wandered off yet somehow .... somehow ... you soldier on. More country funk follows, half-step climaxes with beautiful vocal harmonies
Some weirdo jam and then, out of nowhere, it's Dark Star, that improv thing these guys used to do before they got turned onto George Jones and Merle Haggard. Whoops. I meant before and **AFTER** they got turned onto George Jones and Merle Haggard.
Deep country ...
What the fuck happens at 11:30 or thereabouts into the Dark Star? And then again at 14:25? Dance dynamite is what that is. The insanity between 17:30 and 19:30? Just more laughs echoing unheaard into the endles void. Phil Lesh will split your atom for you so you have some to share.
Still more to come!
Eyes jam at 17:00.
Playin from 10:00 to 12:00.
One of the best reviews of this show (from shnid=11473) is worth repeating:
" Every Deadhead has a first time but, this was mine! Not Too shabby! I've been putting off listening because I feared being disappointed at my fauly memory or something. Not to worry, apparently. This night was truly memorable. I was 15 and familiar w/ Workingman's, American Beauty, Europe 72, and snippets from Live Dead. The music they played opened up new synaptic pathways in my brain.Thereafter whenever I was bored with stuff going on in school or whatever I would literally 'tune out' and start to hear random improvised music in my head. I could turn it on any time. I credit the Dead with so empowering me. Later I started to play actual music w/ friends and used the Dead as inspiration for much jamming. Saw many shows after that but this one stands as the one to which I compared the others. Never really surpassed I must say. I loved the way they used to get so weird using only rudimentary effect pedals. Jerry used a Crybaby Wah-Wad and Keith had a volume pedal for his piano. Even when they got all that MIDI stuff I don't think they were able to get any further out there than they did in those days. Kinda like the Apollo Space Program , ya know? I mean they throw all that money at NASA and we still ain't been back to the moon." -- wyzrd, Feb 21 2008
June 20, 2013
Reevaluating this after a few months. Not sure why I thought it was so blah before, & I suspect I was reviewing the wrong show. The first set is killer, no question about it. The 2nd is at least competent, with a very nice 32-minute Dark Star, but not as good as the 1st.
April 14, 2013
This is The Bomb
I got this downloaded a couple of weeks ago but am just now beginning to realize what an incredible recording this is.Simply amazing.
June 21, 2012
A peak show from a peak year
I respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer in that this is a ´variable quality show´. To my ears, it is wonderful from start to finish. Every song shines, and the band just swings like the devil.
I think 1973 was probably the best year the Dead ever had. The musicianship in that year was exceptional, even by Dead standards: simultaneously so tight and so trippy.